Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Referees

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It was the play seen—and talked and tweeted about—'round the world.

And in the wake of the inexplicable call made by the replacement refs on Monday Night Football that led to victory for the Seattle Seahawks over the Green Bay Packers, a statement was released to E! News on Tuesday that just might make things, if no less frustrating, definitely a bit more amusing.

It turns out that several of the substitute officials that the NFL recently hired were actually fired for poor officiating in the—wait for it—Lingerie Football League!

"Because of the LFL's perception it is that much more critical for us to hire officiating crews that are competent, not only for the credibility of our game, but to keep our athletes safer. Due to several on-field occurrences of incompetent officiating, we chose to part ways with a crew which apparently is now officiating in the NFL. We have a lot of respect for our officials, but we felt the officiating was not in line with our expectations," LFL commissioner Mitchell Mortaza said.

During last night's game, two of the replacement refs made different calls on a game-ending Hail Mary pass in the end zone. One official ruled it a touchdown for the Seahawks while the other ruled it a touchback after the ball was intercepted by the Packers' defense.

"We have not made public comment to date because we felt it was not our place to do so," Mortaza added. "However, in light of the finale of Monday Night Football, we felt it was only fair that NFL fans knew the truth about who is officiating these games."

Sounds like fans definitely have a solid reason here to get their, er, panties in a bunch.

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